Educators, state officials not concerned about standards redo with HB 2711

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Educators, state officials not concerned about standards redo with HB 2711
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

House Bill 2711 says the West Virginia Board of Education is “prohibited from implementing the Common Core academic standards.”

Yet few education leaders that the Gazette-Mail interviewed seem concerned that the bill would actually require the state to change its largely Common Core math and English language arts standards -- even if someone were to take the state board to court for not changing the learning requirements.

Gov. Jim Justice has yet to sign HB2711. The bill, among other things, also bans the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced standardized tests and eliminates the current Regional Education Service Agencies and the Office of Education Performance Audits.

Justice filed the bill’s original version, but lawmakers added in the Common Core line before passing the legislation.

Angie Summers, who controls the WV Against Common Core Facebook group and was a plaintiff in a previous lawsuit over Smarter Balanced, said she thinks the bill would require changes.

“If he signs it, the law is clear -- at least it is to me,” Summers said. “I honestly have not looked at legal action. It’s something I’ve not looked at it at this time, but I have not ruled it out, I’ll put it that way.”

David Delk, a Wheeling-based attorney who has sued over Smarter Balanced and is a continuing online critic of the standards, said his biggest question about a possible suit is who would have standing as plaintiffs. He said some people from Summers’ group have also asked him what impact a suit based on HB2711 could have.

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